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BUY Ocean Drifters

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ABOUT Ocean Drifters

Under the ocean's surface lies a hidden microcosm of life: the complex and alien world of plankton. Ocean Difters, a secret world beneth the waves, uses extraordinary, high-magnification photography to reveal the strange beauty and amazing variety of the tiny creatures that float freely near the sunlit surface of the sea. From here, the plankton underpin the whole marine food chain, help to provide the planet with oxygen, and play an essential role in the global carbon cycle.

   

BUY Ocean Drifters

Ocean Drifters is available in print from Amazon and direct from the publisher, and in e-book format for Kindle Fire or Apple iBooks.

   

REVIEWS

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Richard Kirby loves plankton as only a marine biologist can. Fortunately, he is also a master plankton portraitist. It's a celebration of magnificent diversity at the microscopic level. Natural History Magazine

An excellent addition to school libraries, regardless of the age of the students, and will hopefully raise awareness of the ocean's fragile ecosystems. Publishers Weekly

Kirby gives a close look at plankton diversity in Ocean Drifters. Along with 150 high-magnification photographs, Kirby's book explains how rising sea surface temperatures due to anthropogenic climate change will alter the sea's food web and the ecology of Earth. Scientific American

A series of highly magnified photographs that reveal not only the truly alien nature of many planktonic species but also their beauty. Bright and clear images are paired with explanations of what species is pictured and facts about its lifestyle. Booklist

Not only does this book give you exquisite detail through high magnification photography, the author tells each story with a surprise. And I love surprises! Quarterly Review of Biology

Featured Images

Phytoplankton
Starfish larva
Crab larva